Communication Studies


Master of Arts (MA)


Michael Graves

Primary Subject Area

Political Science, General; Language, General; Language, Rhetoric and Composition; History, United States; American Studies


American Revolution, charisma, communication, Daniel Hannan, rhetoric, Thomas Paine


American Studies | Communication | Intellectual History | Political History | Rhetoric and Composition | Social Influence and Political Communication | Speech and Rhetorical Studies | United States History


The purpose of this rhetorical study is to examine the textual charisma of Thomas Paine's Common Sense and Daniel Hannan's speech "The Devalued Prime Minister of a Devalued Government" and how that charisma made these artifacts successful in spreading outrage surrounding the historical and political events of their respective eras. The author uses Weber's theory of charisma filtered through Rosenberg and Hirschberg's expanded theory identifying lexical charisma, or the charisma of messages. The author analyzes Paine's and Hannan's use of persuasiveness, believability, and powerfulness, translating each of these characteristics into specific cues that can be identified in the individual texts. The author argues for a new subdivision of protest rhetoric called "outrage rhetoric."